Barcelona Who will start at Sevilla?
With LaLiga Santander back in action and an intense schedule facing sides between now and the end of the campaign, Quique Setien has been making full use of his squad.
The Barcelona coach has used as many as 20 players in the last two games against Mallorca and Leganes, and to good effect too, with the Blaugrana coming away victorious on both occasions without conceding a goal.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Leo Messi are the only two players to have played the entirety of both matches, but the side for Friday’s trip to Sevilla is anyone’s guess.
The German has played 180 minutes in two games and kept clean sheets in each, although the backline did have their nervy moments. He will start at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan without question.
Started both matches against Mallorca and Leganes, and substituted in both as well, managing 70 minutes in the first game, and 53 minutes in the second.
With the academy product facing competition from Nelson Semedo, the right back spot is one of the most unpredictable positions at Barcelona.
After playing 90 minutes against Mallorca, Pique was subbed off after 72 minutes against Leganes after suffering a strong challenge, but he will be needed more than ever as Samuel Umtiti is suspended.
The young Uruguayan impressed during his full 90-minute outing against Mallorca, but didn’t play at all against Leganes.
This raises the question as to whether this means he will start against Sevilla, although it would be a big ask at such a tough ground.
The Frenchman wasn’t selected against Mallorca before returning against Leganes, impressing in the first half with a magnificent goal line clearance when the scores were level. With Umtiti picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, it is more than likely Lenglet will start alongside Pique in the next game.
Umtiti featured for just 20 minutes of the last two games, coming on against Leganes for Pique but still managed to get a booking that rules him out of the trip to Andalusia.
Came on a substitute in both games, getting 20 minutes against Mallorca, and 40 against Leganes. Setien could fancy giving the Portuguese a start against Sevilla although it is hard to tell.
One of the stars of the show against Mallorca, scoring and assisting before picking up a yellow which ruled him out of the Leganes game. That means he will be fresh for Sevilla, much to Setien’s delight.
The young full-back came on in the dying stages against Mallorca, but got a rare start against Leganes, playing the full game in the absence of Alba.
However, in all likelihood, he will drop to the bench to make way for the returning Alba at Sevilla.
Setien has been managing Busquets’ minutes carefully, subbing him off in both games just after the hour mark, showing that the midfielder is essential to the team’s cause.
The Dutch midfielder got 83 minutes against Mallorca and sat out the whole match versus Leganes, making It almost certain that he will start in Andalusia.
The Chilean scored in the first two minutes against Mallorca, before being taken off at half time.
Against Leganes, he played the last half hour, indicating that Setien sees him as a key part of the coming match against Sevilla due to his determination and mentality.
The Croatian has played the last 135 minutes of the two most recent matches.
His experience could be valuable at a ground that he knows well, although it appears a coin flip between him and Vidal at the moment.
The Brazilian only got 20 minutes in Mallorca before starting against Leganes and playing for 72 minutes.
However, Arthur looks to be far behind in the pecking order, with Vidal and Rakitic preferred by Setien, while Busquets and De Jong are untouchable.
The youngster impressed in his 20 minutes against Leganes, and he is likely to get more opportunities as a result of the five substitute rule, although a lengthy run out against Sevilla is not expected.
Whatever the circumstances, Messi is not getting out of the team.
He’s played 180 minutes in two games, scoring two goals, and looks hungrier than ever. He’s starting in Seville.
A starter also in both games. Despite being subbed off after 60 minutes in the Balearic islands, he played the full 90 at the Camp Nou and was unlucky to have a goal chalked off for the most marginal of offside calls.
Started both games on the bench, getting just over half an hour in each game which is a healthy return after such a lengthy absence.
He is a big game player, and Setien could just fancy giving him a start.
After playing the entire match against Mallorca, he didn’t play a single minute against his former team.
With a full rest at the Camp Nou, it could indicate that he will start against Sevilla, although Setien is now not short of options.
The youngster didn’t get on the pitch at Mallorca, but started against Leganes and impressed massively.
He scored the opening goal of the night and looked sharp, before being taken off early in the second half. Perhaps Setien wants him fresh for Sevilla.